Richard Whiting, John Alderson, Violent Theft > highway robbery, Theft > burglary, Theft > grand larceny, 19th May 1697.

Reference Number: t16970519-32
Offences: Violent Theft > highway robbery; Theft > burglary; Theft > grand larceny
Verdicts: Guilty; Guilty; Guilty
Punishments: Death

Richard Whiting and John Alderson , of the Parish of St. Buttolph's Aldgate , were indicted for robbing Samuel Birmingham on the High-way, and taking from him 16 l. in Moneys . Whiting remained obstinate for a great while, and would not plead, and received Sentence to be prest to death; but when he came to the Press, and seeing what he must undergo, he said that he would Plead, which accordingly he did. It appeared that the Prisoners seeing the Prosecutor weighing the Money in the Minories, they dogged him till he came under Aldgate , and in the Narrow Passage they see upon him, and took the Money from him: The Prisoners denied the Fact, but it was positively proved against them; the Jury found them guilty .

They were a Second time indicted for Felony and Burglary for breaking the House of Bedingfield Higham , and taking thence a Silver Comb-box, a Powder-box, two Caudle Cups, with divers other Goods . The Evidence declared that they were going through Devonshire Square , they saw the Window open, and one of them went in, and took the Plate, the other helping him in by getting upon his Shoulders, and afterwards they sold it for 25 l. and shared the Money: The Jury found them both guilty .

They were a Third time indicted for feloniously taking from John Amos 42 yards of Bone-Lace . It appeared that they cut the Box of Lace from behind him, as he was going into the White-hart Inn in Aldersgate-Street : It was fully proved against them; the Jury found them guilty .

[Death. See summary.]


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